Circle and Horwich on the inside track

First published in Cricket

FARNWORTH Social Circle and Horwich got the Axford Indoor Cricket Tournament of to an exciting start on Sunday.

Social Circle were grateful for a mean final over from Paul Grundy when they beat last summer’s all-conquering Greenmount side by nine runs in the annual six-a-side competition at Bolton School before Horwich’s bowling attack laid the foundation for a four-wicket victory over Astley Bridge.

Matthew Leach top-scored with 25 as Circle posted a hefty 133-3 – all three wickets falling to run-outs.

Greenmount made a fist of the run chase with Dave Willetts (31no) and Simon Woolford (25) keeping the scoreboard ticking over.

But when they needed a big finish – 12 off the final over – they were frustrated by Grundy, who conceded just three to finish with figures of 2- 13 from his three overs.

Horwich duo Andy Taylor (1- 6) and Jonty Settle (2-16) were largely responsible for restricting Astley Bridge to 67 from their 12 overs – Krishnan Patel’s unbeaten 23 the standout score.

Phil Cavill (25no) and Chris Brownlow (20no) steered Horwich to 69-2 – Chris McGuinness being the pick of the Bridge bowlers with 2-16.

Westhoughton joined Social Circle and Horwich into the second round when they beat Walkden by default.

Sunday’s fixtures 11am: Eagley v Tonge, 12.15pm: Egerton v Little Lever, 1.30pm: Farnworth v Bradshaw

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